The Fruits of Empire

The Fruits of Empire: What Food in Art Tells Us about Race and Society

Thursday, November 4, 2021 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

We welcome Assistant Professor Shana Klein of the KSU School of Art to present a virtual talk highlighting the content in her recently published book: “The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion.” Klein studies food in the decades after the Civil War, when Americans consumed an unprecedented amount of fruit due to advancements in refrigeration and transportation.

Artwork titled Cassamance #2 by Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Texture is Nuanced: Design Vocabularies and the African Diaspora

Thursday, November 11, 2021 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art historian and curator Key Jo Lee (Cleveland Museum of Art) and TEXTURES artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti join co-curator Joseph L. Underwood in a conversation about Mutiti's recent projects in art and design, including her site-specific installation at the KSU Museum. Banner image: Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Cassamance #2, 2020   Please RSVP

Portrait of artist April Bey with her artwork

April Bey: Art and the Millennial Natural Hair Movement

Friday, March 4, 2022 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bahamian American interdisciplinary visual artist April Bey presents her work on Black hair and the Millennial Natural Hair Movement on YouTube. This talk features a chronological presentation of Bey's work from an academic career as a student to current works as part of an ongoing studio practice focusing on Black natural hair and the politics surrounding its various expressions in America and the diaspora. Q&A to follow. Banner image courtesy of Blair J. Meadows Photography  

Square Deal by artist Lorna Simpson

A Symposium for TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair

Thursday, April 14, 2022 (All day) to Friday, April 15, 2022 (All day)

Call for Presenters: A Symposium for TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair  Kent State University Museum Kent, Ohio April 14-15, 2022 Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2021